No Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester City players on the list but contenders from West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United, Sunderland and Wigan Athletic are all present. Who makes the top five?
Not to be dispensed with; essential. Irreplaceable I suppose is another word for it. One of the words banded around football these days is the term ‘indispensable’. Nowadays there are very few of these players knocking around the game.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic come to mind as potential names to this description. In recent years teams such as Arsenal and AC Milan have suffered from ignoring this description. Robin Van Persie and Andrea Pirlo are now making headlines with league rivals as they languish in the bottom half of the table.
However indispensable obviously means different things in different circumstances. While Barcelona fans may consider Lionel Messi in this bracket the Dog and Duck may also think the same of their amateur version of the great Argentine forward.
Considering Manchester City could replace any number of their players at the right fee, the relative immaturity of players considered this description at Stamford Bridge redundant and the age-old adage that nobody is indispensable at Sir Alex Ferguson’s Old Trafford there are no players from the league’s top three clubs in my list.
So in the Premier League which players are ‘indispensable’ to their teams?
Obviously the most blatant example in the Premier League of one player’s worth to a team. The Uruguayan has played a direct part in 71% of Liverpool’s goals this season and the current 13th place in the league table would look a lot worse if the tough striker picked up a rare injury.
While many will make a case for Maraoune Fellaini, including David Moyes who talked up his transfer fee recently, the left-back is their most influential player by far. Not content with being defensively astute he creates more chances than many of the Premier Leagues biggest midfield names and is one player Everton cannot afford to lose.
He may not be everyone’s cup of tea, in fact he is definitely not mine but if there is one word to describe the Happy Hammer it is this; effective. Five goals so far this season has helped propel last year’s play-off winners to sixth place in the league ahead of Spurs, Arsenal and Newcastle United after 11 games.
It is not just his goals however but also his leadership attributes which clearly galvanise his troops.
Despite not being in his best form of late there is still little doubt over this man and his talent. That stamina and pace is such a threat especially when allied with an explosive end product. Is he indispensable even at £30 million? I think so.
Would I go as far to say the Congolese midfielder is the most under-rated player in the league? Yes that is exactly what I am saying. He shields the defence with expert aplomb and is a regular in the West Brom side. When it comes to retaining possession there are not many better than him in the Premier League and he reminds me of another former Paris Saint-Germain midfield destroyer Claude Makelele. Not only this but with the introduction of Claudio Yacob in the summer he has also demonstrated a more positive attacking attitude with similar success.
Other potential candidates include Steven Fletcher, Ali Al-Habsi, Adam Lallana, Ron Vlaar, Yohann Cabaye and Leon Britton but…
…who do you think are the Premier Leagues indispensable players?
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